Professorial Fellow
Research Interests 

Migration governance
International NGO’s
Return migration
Assisted return
Detention and deportation
International social work


PhD Social Work and Social Welfare Studies, Ghent University
MA  Social Work, Ghent University

Biographical Statement 

Ine Lietaert is a Professorial Fellow at UNU-CRIS since November 2018. After Ine Lietaert attained her degree as Master in Social Work, she worked at the asylum and migration department of an INGO. After a couple of years of practical experience, she returned to Ghent University and completed her PhD on the return and reintegration processes of assisted returnees from Belgium to Georgia and Armenia. Before joining UNU-CRIS, she worked as post-doc research on the Childmove ERC project (Ghent University), investigating the trajectories and wellbeing of unaccompanied refugee minors moving through Europe.

At UNU-CRIS, Ine Lietaert coordinates the Migration and Social Policy research track. She supports PhD students and interns with researches related to return migration governance and the involvement of international organisations and regions herein, reintegration processes, internal displacement in urban settings and migration trajectories, with a particular focus on the development of support mechanisms and support policies for people on the move in various regions of the word. Ine Lietaert also teaches International Social Work at Ghent University.